Youth Solutions' E News for August 2014

E News August 2014

Message from the CEO – Geraldine Dean

Geraldine Dean

Hello and thank you to all of our E Newsletter subscribers who read our publication each month.

We have hit the ground running as we entered the first quarter of our funding agreement with NSW Health and the South Western Sydney Local Health District. Youth Solutions will continue to focus on three major projects - DARE, PEEP and YARN, as well as all other areas of service delivery, to prevent harm and promote health.

Through DARE (Drug Alcohol and Resilience Education) we will partner with local schools and organisations to run alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workshops, with a focus on building resilience in young people.

Our YARN project (Young Aboriginal Reference Network) will work to increase knowledge and skills in areas including, but not limited to, alcohol, stress management and safe decision making, within the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and wider communities. This will be achieved through school programs and a creative arts component involving Aboriginal artists.

The Peer Enrichment and Empowerment Project (PEEP) will see our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) members gain skills and knowledge in areas including drugs and alcohol, mental health and campaign development. With the assistance of Youth Solutions staff, our YAG members will apply these skills during peer education workshops and through the implementation of a youth-led community health promotion campaign.
A social highlight of the quarter included our Charity Event held on 19 July 2014. Though as you read on you will come across more about the Charity Event, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank all of those who supported this event. The annual Youth Solutions Charity Event is vital for funding the great work our team does in the community. To our guests, supporters and in particular our 23 sponsors, thank you. Your support has not only ensured the success of the event, but the continuance of our work in the Macarthur and Wingecarribee communities. My thanks also to the Fundraising Committee for coordinating this event, allowing the team to power ahead with service delivery.

In the past month we have also bid farewell to some of our 2013 - 2014 Youth Advisory Group (YAG) members, welcoming some new faces to the 2014 - 2015 group.

Please read on for more details about what has been happening at Youth Solutions and what we are up to in the next few months.

2014 Charity Event a roaring success

Youth Solutions CEO Geraldine Dean and President Peter Campbell present the major sponsor certificate of appreciation to The Rotary Club of Narellan's President-Elect Drew Moyle.

Youth Solutions stepped back to the roaring ‘20s for an evening of fun and fundraising on 19 July 2014.

The annual Youth Solutions Charity Event lived up to this year’s theme – Glitz, Glamour, GATSBY – with a sterling display of glamorous decorating and guests clad in 1920s inspired costumes. The event drew in record numbers, with 420 people attending, helping Youth Solutions to raise $38,000.
Youth Solutions would like to thank all of those who supported or attended the event.

Particular thanks must be given to the event sponsors, including major sponsor The Rotary Club of Narellan.

The other wonderful event sponsors included; ANZ Banking Group, Bella Arts, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce, Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancers, C91.3FM, DJMate, Event Cinemas Campbelltown, Fitzpatrick Group, Grimes Finances and Mortgages, Helen Wong’s Tours, Human Resources Focus, Macarthur Castles, Macarthur Chronicle, Marsdens Law Group, MayTek IT Solutions, McDonald’s in Macarthur, NSW Government, Profit Advantage Group, Serenity Financial Professionals, SNAP Printing Campbelltown and Ingleburn and TLD Logistics.

Thanks also to all of the event donors including Absolutely Fabulous, Narellan Motor Inn and Townsend Signs.

To find out more about the Charity Event supporters and donors visit our website. To view photographs from the night visit our Instagram or Youth Solutions Fundraising Events Facebook.

Study’s alarming findings about drugs in youth sport

A recent study has highlighted a growing need for drug and alcohol education, health promotion and resilience building for young people in sport.

After conducting the three year study titled Tracking the Development of Attitudes to Doping: A Longitudinal Study of Young Elite Athletes, researchers at Griffith University and Canberra University concluded children as a young as 12 were using performance-enhancing drugs to compete in Australian sport.

The researchers have called for better education for young athletes to combat doping in youth sport. Click here to access the executive summary of the study.

Locally, the South West Sydney Academy of Sport is leading the way, recognising the importance of education and resilience building for young athletes.

The Academy has recruited Youth Solutions to host Play Safe workshops with its young athletes. Youth Solutions' education will focus on the issues of drugs in sport, social media and safe decision making.

Youth Solutions wishes the South West Sydney Academy of Sport the very best for its upcoming presentation evening.


Welcome new YAG

Youth Solutions has appointed 17 members to the 2014 - 2015 Youth Advisory Group (YAG).

The new members were inducted last month and will join the experienced YAG members who have signed up for another year.  The YAG will meet monthly to discuss issues affecting young people and devise solutions to these.

The YAG will also play a vital role in the Peer Enrichment and Empowerment Project (PEEP), leading peer education workshops while building skills in areas including, but not limited to, drugs, alcohol and mental health.

Welcome to our new and returning members and thank you to our five outgoing members, who have given their time freely to achieve good in their community.

After YAG’s success with the PEEP program during the last financial year, and the multiple award nominations and wins, we know 2014 - 2015 will be a great year!

"YAG was an amazing opportunity to do some good in the community and to do it with such a good organisation as Youth Solutions made it all the better." – Robert, YAG member (2010 – 2014)

“I enjoyed getting out into the community and engaging with people. It was good to see first hand what health promotion strategies worked or didn't work. I also liked being able to discuss current events and important issues.” – Stephanie, YAG member (2010 – 2014)


Youth Solutions celebrates NAIDOC Week

YAG members Thomas and Isabel Hatch and their younger sister Rebecca created a photo booth frame for the NAIDOC Week celebrations, and (right) the Youth Solutions stall at Koshigaya Park.

Youth Solutions joined the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures last month by taking part in NAIDOC Week festivities at Camden and Campbelltown.

NAIDOC Week is held during the first week of July to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, while recognising the contributions Indigenous Australians make in our community.

On 7 July 2014 Youth Solutions handed out information and goodies at the NAIDOC Community Fun Day at Koshigaya Park, as part of Campbelltown City Council’s celebrations. On 8 July 2014 the community enjoyed hands-on activities at the Youth Solutions stall which was set up at Camden Town Farm for Camden Council’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day.

A big thanks to Campbelltown and Camden Councils for having us at these events.

We remember

The community is invited to attend an International Overdose Awareness Day Remembrance Service on Friday 29 August 2014.

The service will honour the lives of the family, friends, colleagues and clients who have been lost to drug overdose. The service will be held at St Peters Anglican Church Hall at 12 Cordeaux St, Campbelltown, from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Youth Solutions congratulates Campbelltown Anglican Churches, Lifeline Macarthur, St Vincent de Paul Society and Macarthur Mental Health Promotion Network Inc for organising this significant service.


Website of the month 

Depression and anxiety organisation beyondblue has launched the Check-in app, aimed at providing quick and easy steps as well as advice about how to support a friend in need.

The app will help anyone who wants to “check-in” with a friend but is concerned about saying the wrong thing. It takes you through four steps, getting you to think about where to check-in with your friend, what you might say and how to support your friend. The app also has advice on things to consider, such as ‘what if your friend denies they have a problem’.

After having a conversation with your friend you can go back to the app and rate how it went. The app then gives you advice on the next steps to take.

The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, also has links to support services and tips from other young people. For more details about the app visit the beyondblue website.
The Youth Solutions staff take a moment to enjoy the glitz and glamour at the 2014 Charity Event.
We are looking forward to more of our 'Drug, Alcohol and Resilience Education' (DARE) workshops with schools in Macarthur and Wingecarribee this year. If you are interested in having our team run workshops with young people at your school or organisation, get in touch!
Are you aged between 12 and 25? Do you live or go to school in the Camden LGA? Do you want to do something creative and fun? If you answered yes, you should sign up for a mural workshop with local Aboriginal artist Danielle Mate Sullivan now! The free workshop will run from 10.00am - 3.00pm on 14 October 2014 at the Red Gum Room at Narellan Library. Lunch and snacks are provided. Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited.
Youth Solutions is working hard on the new Safer Celebrations campaign to be run in conjunction with Campbelltown Catholic Club this summer. We can't wait to share what we have in store for you! Stay tuned!
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